Each December for the last five years, Las Vegas photographers, make-up artists, hair dressers and other generous local businesses have visited the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center to take portraits of the teens residing at the center. It’s the teens special day to forget about life’s hardships and to get pampered. For me taking portraits is my life and to have had the opportunity to give back and watch the joy the teens experienced when we delivered their prints was priceless.
Jeremy Cowart , a Nashville native and fellow photographer founded Help Portrait. His organization’s mission statement is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. The portraits are not for portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved. More importantly, Help Portrait mobilizes the photography, make-up artists and hair dressers communities to give back by finding someone in need, take their portrait, print the portrait and deliver them.
For more information visit the Help Portrait website. This year’s Las Vegas Help Portrait project was a great team effort by everyone involved as we came together as one.
Here’s a collection of my portraits with the kids and fellow vendors. Thanks everyone for letting me to take your portrait.